1. What is Theatre Within's Annual John Lennon Tribute?
Theatre Within's Annual John Lennon Tribute is the longest running Lennon Tribute concert in the world and the only ongoing John Lennon Tribute concert in North America sanctioned by Yoko Ono. It began as a small neighborhood gathering and grew over the years into a full-scale production with top artists. Previous performers include Jackson Browne, Patti Smith, Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, Donovan, Judy Collins, Steve Earle, Taj Mahal, Martin Sexton, Joan Osborne, Aimee Mann, Bettye LaVette and David Bromberg.
2. What is Theatre Within?
Theatre Within is a 501(c)3 non-profit committed to having a positive social impact through the performing arts and ongoing workshops in creative expression and mindfulness. We create opportunities for the artist in each of us to be nourished and for performing artists to give back to the world through their art. John Lennon is an inspiration to us because he exemplified this link. He was courageous and honest in pursuing his own growth; he used his art as a vehicle for that growth and as a platform to inspire positive change and for the pursuit of peace and social justice.
3. Where does the money generated by the Tribute go?
Proceeds from the Tribute support Theatre Within’s workshops in creative expression and mindfulness for those whose lives have been impacted by cancer at Gilda’s Club, NYC. Our workshops include The John Lennon Real Love Project, a songwriting and music program for children and adults, and Imagine Peace, Practice Peace, a meditation workshop series for cancer survivors and their family members.
4. Where does the money to produce the Tribute come from?
The funds to produce the Tribute come from a growing number of contributors. We have had to borrow money most every year since 2009 to cover production costs. Funding for the Tribute remains an ongoing challenge.
5. HOW CAN I HELP?
With a contribution of $25 or more you can join Friends of the Annual John Lennon Tribute. Friends members receive updates throughout the year and exclusive access to our exclusive Tribute pre-sale to purchase tickets before the general public.